ADCA’s patron Ian Webster AO is an Emeritus Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales. He has held senior appointments in the UNSW Faculty of Medicine as well as Monash, Sheffield and Sydney Universities. A member of the National Mental Health Commission, he still works as a consultant physician in the South Western Sydney and Shoalhaven areas.
Jeannie Little OAM, an Aboriginal elder from far north Queensland, is a member of the ADCA Board of Directors. She trained as a nurse and has for many years been involved in community health and wellbeing initiatives around Australia. A traditional owner of the country around Mapoon on western Cape York, she chairs ADCA’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Working Group.
People from two such disparate backgrounds may have many different points of view, but their commitment to public health and wellbeing unites them in their disbelief at the Federal Government’s treatment of the organisation to which they are so committed. Their thoughts follow:
Over nearly half a century representing the alcohol and other drugs sector as the national peak, ADCA has never resiled from its commitment to laying the facts on the line when asked by a government to contribute to policy discussions. The ADCA viewpoint may have ruffled a few feathers on occasions but it was never based on anything other than carefully researched fact.